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More Tips for Dad

20 Movies to Watch with Your Daughter

  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Bolt
  • Despicable Me
  • Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
  • Flicka
  • Fly Away Home
  • Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • Letters to God
  • A Little Princess
  • Little Women
  • Mandie and the Secret Tunnel
  • Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure
  • Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
  • Night at the Museum
  • Nim’s Island
  • Ramona and Beezus
  • Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Ultimate Gift
  • UP

10 Things Your Daughter Needs to Hear from You

  • I love you!
  • You are beautiful.
  • God loves you, and I’m sure glad He gave you to me!
  • I would love to play with you.
  • A special nickname just for her.
  • You are so good at ______________________. (You fill in the blank)
  • I’m so proud of you.
  • I’m here to help if you need me.
  • I’m sorry.  Please forgive me.
  • Can I have a hug?

20 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates for You and Your Teenager

Dad to Dad: Dad, the teen years don’t have to be scary.  When you take the time to invest in them when they’re younger, you already have her heart.  Your daughter’s teen years can be a season of enjoying the fruit of your labor in the early years.  The dads of teens that I know enjoy “dating” their daughters now—it doesn’t require as much planning and they can just enjoy each other’s company no matter what they’re doing.

The dates in the teen years are just as important as when she was little.  Even though your daughter is establishing her independence, this is when you daughter needs your guidance and protection the most.  Give her space when she really needs it, but stay close by, be available, and make time for both her and the whole family.

  • Go to a music concert of her choice (spring for the concert T-shirt, too).
  • Grocery shop and cook a meal for the family together.
  • Go to a local coffee shop to go enjoy mochas, talking, and a good book together.
  • Try some ethnic restaurants together.  If she’s studying a foreign language at school, let her help you order off the menu in that language.
  • Saturday morning breakfasts together are the best.  Grabbing a coffee on the way to school is also a great time to connect.
  • Go to some of your favorite local sporting events.  As one dad told me, “It’s not whether your home team wins or loses. It’s all about sharing the nachos.”
  • Take her to the mall and spoil her every now and then.  If you’re feeling really brave, take her on an overnight trip to shop in a larger city or at an outlet mall.
  • Check out the museums and cultural attractions in your area.
  • Take your dog for a walk together.
  • Go to a park and rent a canoe or a tandem bike.
  • Pick her up from school and take her to lunch.
  • Do some volunteer work together at a homeless shelter or food pantry.
  • Go through a good Christian book or DVD series together.
  • Take a class at your community recreation center together.
  • Grab a coffee to-go and take a drive in the country.  If she’s of driving age, let her drive!
  • Take her on one of your business trips.  She’ll love it!  She can hang out by the pool with a good book and her MP3 while you’re in meetings.  In the evenings you can  grab dinner and see the sights.
  • Take her to a movie or have a video night at home with popcorn and premium ice cream.
  • Take her to a big water park and play.  You can forget for a couple hours that she’s growing into a young adult that will be leaving home soon!
  • Take your daughter for a manicure & pedicure, and then take her shopping for flip-flops so she can show off her toes.
  • Go through the daddy-daughter dates again.  You’d be surprised how many of them, with just a little tweaking, can be used with your older daughter.  Plus, you can reminisce about all the memories you created with the dates the first time around.